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Rams vs. Saints Game Recap - NFL Week 16 - Dec. 21, 2023

Rams vs. Saints Game Recap - NFL Week 16 - Dec. 21, 2023

WEEK 16 • THU 12/21 • FINAL
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New Orleans Saints 7-8

Los Angeles Rams 8-7

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Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 30, New Orleans Saints 22 | 2023 NFL Week 16

A short week, a long flight and a highly efficient Los Angeles Rams offense was too much for the New Orleans Saints as they lost 30-22 on Thursday night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The loss ended the Saints' two-game winning streak and dropped them to 7-8. The Rams improved to 8-7 and strengthened their chances of getting a wild-card spot.

The Saints will end the season with a critical two-game stretch at Tampa Bay (7-7) on Sunday, Dec. 31 and at home against the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) on either Jan. 6 or Jan. 7. The Buccaneers will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6) on Sunday while Atlanta is hosting the Colts (8-6) on Saturday.

The Rams led 17-7 at halftime and added 13 points in the second half, leading 30-7 before the Saints rallied. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 24 of 34 for 328 yards with two touchdowns. Receiver Puka Nacua was his top target with nine receptions for 164 yards with one touchdown.

Saints quarterback Derek Carr was 27 of 40 for 319 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Chris Olave had nine receptions for 123 yards. He passed 1,000 yards receiving during the game. Running back Alvin Kamara had nine carries for 19 yards. Rashid Shaheed had the team's first touchdown, a 45-yard strike in the second quarter. Tight end Juwan Johnson added the second, a 5-yard reception in the fourth quarter and rookie receiver A.T. Perry caught a 35-yard touchdown with 3:53 left in the game. The two-point conversion to Olave was successful.

The Saints defense, which didn't allow a touchdown during the two-game winning streak, only sacked Stafford once and didn't force a turnover.

Check out the game action shots from the New Orleans Saints game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 of the 2023 NFL season.

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Box Score

  • New Orleans Saints
  • Los Angeles Rams
Team Statistics
New Orleans Saints NO Los Angeles Rams LA
339 Total Net Yards 458
3 Total Penalties 3
20 Penalty Yards 25
00:25:42 Time of Possession 00:34:18